Jerry Hairston had himself something of a day, driving in five of the first six Dodger runs and scoring the other. The five runs batted in were not only a career high, they were the most by any Dodger since Matt Kemp also drove in five last July against Arizona. Hairston may have been the hero, but he was hardly alone; every Dodger other than the still struggling Andre Ethier had at least one hit, with Dee Gordon, Elian Herrera, A.J. Ellis, & Tony Gwynn each contributing two singles apiece. Basically, all those hits that didn’t drop for the Dodgers last night against Kevin Millwood and friends were all being saved up for tonight.
Of course, to single out Hairston and the offense is almost to neglect Clayton Kershaw, who bounced back from a few less-than-vintage outings to thoroughly confuse the hapless Mariners, striking out 12 over seven innings. Kershaw’s night was somewhat spoiled by a three-run homer from Miguel Olivo in the sixth, but I’m pretty sure we’d all take one bad pitch against 12 strikeouts every single time. By the way, Todd Coffey finished up with a scoreless ninth, and I know how much everyone likes to hate him, but it’s worth noting that he’s made it through eight of his last nine outings without allowing an earned run. I’ve talked here about how unfair first impressions can be when it comes to baseball stats many times, and that’s really killed Coffey this season; giving up four earned runs while getting just three outs in his first three outings (on an injured knee, no less) means that it’ll take him all season to get that ERA down to a reasonable level – even if it doesn’t truly reflect who he is right now.
If anything, I hope Dodger fans noticed the great all-around effort; between the Saturday afternoon road game against a lousy interleague foe, the ridiculous FOX blackout rules which meant few people outside of Los Angeles (or Seattle) could watch, the Kings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat & Celtics, I’m gathering this may not have been the highest-rated Dodger game of all time.